Pilot.com.au is a bloke-friendly, easy-to-navigate website with solutions to some of life’s awkward problems.
When it comes to health problems – particularly those surrounding mental illness and sexual dysfunction – a lot of blokes don’t feel comfortable talking face-to-face with a doctor. End result? They don’t get the help they need – so the problem continues, and can get worse. But a new online resource has come up with the perfect solution – providing health advice, treatment and support for men via telehealth.
Pilot is an “end-to-end” online health navigator that men can access to seek treatment for a variety of problems – mental health issues, hair loss, sexual dysfunctions and sleep disorders. Basically all the stuff that men are usually too embarrassed to see a GP about. But avoiding something won’t make it go away, and if you neglect your health, you can end up in a bad place. (Check out just some of the troubling stats here.) With Pilot, you can get real help from a real doctor, and you don’t ever have to front up to a GP’s practice and sit in a waiting room surrounded by snotty kids.
How does it work?
It’s pretty simple, really. First you log on to pilot.com.au and answer an online questionnaire about your particular problem or concern. Next, a doctor will get in touch with you – usually within around 24 hours – by sending you an email with a secure chat box where they can ask you some follow-up questions. There’s a small fee for this, but hey, you can’t expect doctors to work for free, right? If the doc decides you’re eligible for treatment – say for hair loss – they’ll send you another secure link with a treatment plan and details about pre-packaged treatments (which can include prescription meds), which you can read over and decide whether you want to pay for it or not. It’s all totally legit – no snake oil in sight.
For mental health issues, you can also get access to a professional mental health expert through Lysn, which provides affordable, online video calls with qualified Aussie psychologists, starting from $19. You can access this anywhere, at any time.
The site also has loads of bloke-friendly information that you can access for free – stuff about gambling and gaming problems, porn addiction, drugs and alcohol, relationships, unemployment, burnout and social media addiction. It’s solid advice, with no fluff and no BS.
Being frank about health
We asked a mate to check the site out for himself. Let’s call him Frank. Long story short, Frank was in a bad place, and we thought this might be a way to help him. While we can’t go into any specific details, we can share his thoughts on Pilot with you guys.
“Pilot made me realise two things – that I really did have a problem, and that I really wasn’t alone. It made me feel better to realise that there are obviously other guys out there who are going through tough stuff. And like me, a lot of them just try to ignore it or ‘snap out of it’ or whatever. But that doesn’t make the problem go away. It can actually make it loads worse.
“Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and ask for help. It hasn’t made me feel embarrassed or anything – it’s made me feel like maybe I can get better. I just wish I’d done it sooner.”
Wise words, Frank. If you have a problem, ignoring it won’t make it go away. Check out pilot.com.auand see if you don’t start feeling a little better, too.